Seeded places in the new Davis Cup qualifying round will be up for grabs this weekend when 16 countries face off in World Group Playoffs. World No. 8 Dominic Thiem will lead Austria at home against Australia, which will be led by #NextGenATP Alex de Minaur, along with Roger Federer’s US Open conqueror, John Millman.
Diego Schwartzman, No. 14 in the ATP Rankings, will lead Argentina on indoor clay against Colombia. And on the hard courts of Toronto, No. 20 Milos Raonic, No. 34 Denis Shapovalov and doubles legend Daniel Nestor, will lead Canada against The Netherlands, which will be led by Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer. Raonic is making his first Davis Cup appearance since 2015.
The winners of this weekend’s World Group Playoff ties will guarantee themselves a seeded spot during next year’s Davis Cup qualifying round. Other playoff matchups:
Argentina vs. Colombia – San Juan, ARG – clay (indoors)
Great Britain vs. Uzbekistan – Glasgow, GBR – hard (indoors)
Austria vs. Australia – Graz, AUT – clay (outdoors)
Switzerland vs. Sweden – Biel, SUI – hard (indoors)
Serbia vs. India – Kraljevo, SRB – clay (indoors)
Canada vs. Netherlands – Toronto, CAN – hard (indoors)
Hungary vs. Czech Republic – Budapest, HUN – clay (outdoors)
Japan vs. Bosnia/Herzegovina – Osaka, JPN – hard (outdoors)